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The Cult of Youth in the Gay Community: Is There Life After 40?

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The Cult of Youth in the Gay Community: Is There Life After 40?




Cass Mann is one of the world's longest-term HIV-positive diagnosed gay men, now in his third decade of living with HIV, and the founder of UK's only gay men's HIV/AIDS charity Positively Healthy, which provides HIV services including education, support, and peer counselling. Here he talks about how gay men sometimes feel that life after forty isn't worth living. Studies show that gay men after forty often feel undesirable and completely worthless if their entire raison d'etre for living was based on the short-lived currency of youth and their continued sexual desirability. There's an English song "No One Love a Fairy When She's Fat and Forty." After forty, gay men often can't do the things they used to do. This may explain why so many gay men over forty are getting infected with HIV. There's life after forty for gay men. Get a life. Get several lives. There's life beyond being gay and HIV positive. For more information, visit http://www.posh-uk.org.uk/ and http://www.AIDSvideos.org/.


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Reviewer: Gaylifeafter40 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2014
Subject: Yes, there is Life After 40
I really enjoyed this video. It inspired to create a website because as a gay man there needs to be other avenues to turn to as a community and voice your opinion . I wanted this site to address real issues that are talked about but not really brought up in this kind of venue. It is an amazing and exciting time for all of us. Our age has proven to all of us that we are a resilient, adaptable and an assertive bunch. We did not let somebody stand in the way to be who we are. We took risks in letting our family and friends know who we truly were. Taking risks in growing can be difficult but we did it. And we can do the same today –creating new goals, exploring new worlds, and making the most of what we have (if we let it)!

Midlife transitions can mark a period of tremendous growth. It is a normal developmental life stage. What do you do with these valuable years is up to us. Learning to accept all the physical and emotional changes that come with getting older is the key. Every age and stage in one’s life has its beauty. This site, http://www.gaylifeafter40.com will give you an opportunity to be engaged and explore new concepts and trends and explore some of that beauty as well.
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